Applicants with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness

Ramp in King's bar

The ramp in King's bar. There is a disabled toilet through the arch.

The College is keen to support students with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or a long-term mental or physical illness. The University has a centrally situated Disability Resource Centre, a Counselling Service, and ever increasing resources to enable students with difficulties of all kinds to live and study at Cambridge.

Mobility issues

The Gibbs Building

The Gibbs Building - difficult to access but we can arrange supervisions / meetings elsewhere.

Due to the difficulties of altering ancient buildings, access to several College facilities remains awkward. However, there is wheelchair access to the Hall, Bar and the first room of the Library, and movement round the main site is satisfactory. We also have some wheelchair-accessible accommodation. For more information please see:


We encourage any candidate with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness to contact the College Admissions Office, as well as the Disability Resource Centre, to discuss their requirements:

Application information for candidates with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness

Before you apply

  1. We encourage you to read the information from the central office and get in touch to discuss your requirements.
  2. Please ensure that any assessments are up-to-date and documentary evidence is available by mid-October.
  3. Please check whether a pre-interview admissions assessment is required in your subject and read about access arrangements or other adjustments for these if needed. Notes about what you will need are provided.


  1. Read the How to apply page thoroughly and follow the application process set out there. The following points are to clarify the process in relation to your disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness.
  2. When you complete your UCAS form, please tick the disability disclosure box and choose the most relevant category. You will send us further information later.
  3. If your disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness has seriously disrupted or disadvantaged your education, please also have an Extenuating Circumstances form submitted by 15 October.
  4. All candidates who tick the disability disclosure box on the UCAS form or who receive adjustments for school exams (for any reason) are required to send us an adjustments form and documentary evidence by 22 October.
    • The adjustments form is available to download on the Applicant Information page from mid-September each year.
    • The adjustments form should be completed fully even if there is repetition of details that are already on your UCAS form or an Extenuating Circumstances form.
    • Even if you do not require specific adjustments, we need confirmation of this.
  5. We will be in touch if we need further information about adjustments required.
  6. If you are invited for interviews, your invitation to interview will not normally make specific reference to adjustments you have requested. Please do not be concerned about this.
  7. In late November you will receive specific confirmation of any adjustments being made for interviews or tests at King's (last year we sent these by email on 26 November).

When you have an offer

  1. The Disability Resource Centre will contact offer holders who declared a disability on their UCAS form regarding support at Cambridge, including the Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) etc.
  2. Offer holders are supported through the offer-holders' section, and are encouraged to contact King's Admissions Office or the Disability Resource Centre with any questions or concerns relating to a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness.
  3. We ask all students whether they have any special accommodation needs as one of the questions on the accommodation request form in the late-August/early September before you start your couse (for info about joining the College, see the freshers page). These are taken into account when we allocate accommodation.

Documentary evidence

Test coversheet

Test desksheet for a student with extra time: 'You have 25% extra time. The invigilator is aware. Please ignore the instruction to stop writing after 1 hour. You have 1 hour and 15 mins for the test.'

When we ask you to submit the adjustments form by 22 October, you will need:

  1. a signature from your school or college
  2. documentary evidence to enclose

The documentary evidence is normally provided by your school or college and confirms your disability, illness or specific learning difficulties and the allowances currently given in school or college e.g. a letter confirming previous assessment, dates undertaken, Local Authority Statement etc.

You should NOT send a full Educational Psychologist report at this stage unless there is particular reference to the support that you require that will help King's to make appropriate adjustments to our assessment and selection procedures.

Wheelchair entry button

Powered wheelchair entry in Webbs Court for the main buildings. See wheelchair access map.

Further Information

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